PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results (PRO-RES)

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 788352
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01/05/2018
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To effectively use research, policymakers must rely on the validity and reliability of its results. Currently, however, the existing means of ensuring ethical research practices and maintaining integrity across the full range of non-medical sciences are inadequate. Researchers, auditors, regulators and policy makers are confronted with different and sometimes conflicting codes of ethical practices and regulations, with the complexities of data protection legislation, with inconsistencies in the application of regulations and with professional and practical pressures to conduct research in full range of non-medical fields.

The PRO-RES project will address these constraints by offering a comprehensive, flexible and lasting guidance framework covering the spectrum of non-medical sciences and offering practical solutions to all stakeholders who will respect the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. This framework will take into account previous examples of good work and good practice, and will try to provide a set of pragmatic solutions based on previous work and creating strong links with ongoing projects.

PRO-RES is carried out by a heterogeneous consortium of 14 partners from 10 countries. Knowledge & Innovation will collaborate at all stages of the process and will be particularly involved in consulting stakeholders interested to define an ethical guiding framework for research, and ensuring that such framework incorporates the principles and practices of RRI (responsible research and innovation), especially , especially regarding the governance of RRI Constellations of actors. A report on the RRI implications of the framework will be produced.


How the conceptualisation and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can contribute to the PRO-RES Guidance Framework, aiming to foster the highest standards of research ethics and scientific integrity in non-medical sciences? This is the subject of the Deliverable D3.5. “Framework in the RRI context”, submitted on December 2020 to the EC by the K&I PRO-RES team as conclusion of a specific task devoted to the RRI. The analysis of the document is based on different sources, referring to activities carried out by all the PRO-RES partners in 2019 and 2020, summarises the origins and background of RRI, a ...
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In the framework of PRO-RES (Promoting Ethics and Integrity in Non Medical Research –, on February 4 2020 in Brussels it was been held the “Ethics Matters” Conference. During this initiative, some of main issues of the relationships between ethics, non medical research disciplines and use of for policy and decision making evidence based have been discussed. In this context, PRO-RES project presented a draft version of an Accord addressed to researchers and decision makers containing some principles and important issues relevant for the elaboration of policies based on the scientific evidences and results. The “Accord” aims to promote ...
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On June 12, 2019 a workshop was held in Brussels, at the headquarters of KOWI, on “Ethical Frameworks and Responsible Research – Challenges to Science in a Changing World”, organized by K&I under the PRO-RES project. The meeting is part of a series of exchange initiatives between researchers of various disciplines and stakeholders aimed at developing a guidance framework for ethics and research integrity. The Workshop was attended by 24 people, including researchers, research managers, representatives of the European Research Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK ...
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The PRO-RES workshop on “Surveillance, privacy and covert research: current challenges to the research ethics and integrity”, organized by K&I, took place in Rome on April 11 2019, at the premise of Saperi&Co, La Sapienza University of Rome. The initiative is part of a series of workshops aimed at discussing with researchers from various disciplinary background and stakeholders on the main ethical problems they are facing in their activities in non-medical research sectors. The discussion was aimed at contributing to the elaboration of a guidance framework on research ethics and integrity. The Workshop was attended by 24 participants, including researchers, ...
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In October, the K&I project team has concluded its work related to the creation of a stakeholders map. Such map is geared at identifying and listing relevant organisations and individuals to be involved in the subsequent activities, mainly with the aim of drawing the landscape of potential interlocutors for the forthcoming ethical guidance framework for non-medical sciences. The process, started with the identification and internal validation of at typology of institutions and individual relevant to PRO-RES objectives, allowed to map, mainly but not only in Europe, 768 different entities, collected in a database and described in a deliverable. internal to ...
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On 22 and 23 May 2018, the Kick-off Meeting of the project “PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results in evidence-based policy: a focus on non-medical research (PRO-RES)” took place in Brussels. The meeting was attended by 26 people, including representatives of the 14 bodies from 10 different European countries joining the consortium, and EC officers, who exposed the point of view and expectations of their institution with regard to the PRO-RES expected results. As part of the project, the consortium coordinated by the European Science Foundation (ESF) will engage in a broad dialogue with stakeholders to create a ...
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